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Rivers Run Through It

Calcite Springs And The Yellowstone River

Calcite Springs (the steaming part) and the Yellowstone River

No matter where you drive within Yellowstone National Park, you’ll encounter a number of rivers running through the land.  According to a newly-published article in the National Parks Traveler, the rivers of this park are key to understanding the hydrothermal activity there.  Click on any of the photos to be taken to this article, then spend some time reading the other articles, as well.

Early Morning Along The Firehole River

Firehole River in Upper Geyser Basin (where Old Faithful is located)

Overlooking The Lewis River

The Lewis River, seen shortly after driving through the southern entrance to the park

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A Lovely Morning At Schwabacher Landing

A Sunny Morning At Schwabacher Landing

Photo ops are found everywhere you walk along the trail at Schwabacher Landing

Everybody who visits this national park should make it out to Schwabacher Landing. Mornings provide wonderful light and still waters, but a visit anytime of the day is probably great for photos, I believe. The only warning I give is that the road down there is unpaved, with potholes and uneven surfaces. I carefully maneuvered my loaded Honda Fit along the road and made it in and out with no issues, but I thought I’d mention this, anyway. The parking lot, such as it is, doesn’t have much room to it, so you need to be careful there, too.

Once you are parked, just follow along the trail. Everywhere you look is a wonderful photo op.

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A Quiet Lake In Yellowstone

A Quiet Glassy Lake In Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is such a large park, and so much more than geysers and wildlife. Really. Sure, all of us who visit this place get the iconic shots – well, if there is parking. And of course, it goes without saying, wildlife shots are always a draw. But, if you are in Yellowstone, even for just a day, try not to overwhelm yourself with trying to get those geyser and bison/wolf/bear shots. You might not be able to, you know. Instead, concentrate on what you observe around you, like this lovely little lake I saw through the trees shortly after entering the south entrance of the park. This image is also a nice example (although I didn’t do it deliberately), of a leading line, where the glassine waters and shoreline reflections lead the eye from the front of the image, to the back. This vertical shot also looks much better for that leading line effect than the horizontal one I also captured.

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Morning At Schwabacher Landing

Morning At Schwabacher Landing

A serene morning at Schwabacher Landing, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

I’m all done with my national park portion of my road trip move from Texas to Washington State.  I’ve visited 5 national parks on this trip and have come away with some stunning photos (imo).  I’m in Bozeman, Montana, visiting friends and will leave tomorrow to continue on to central Washington.  It’s been an awesome trip, so far, but I’m ready to see the end of the road (literally).

Here is an image I captured one early morning at Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton National Park.  No visit is complete without a stop in this area.  Be warned, though.  Except for a very short portion of paved road, the rest of the route is a gravelly, bumpy, potholey drive to the parking area.  And it’s best to arrive in the morning, not only for lovely lighting but to beat the crowds (if you visit in the summer).  Do walk along the trail as far as you can, because there are many views with still water and mountain reflections all along the way.

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Notes From The Field: Photographic Advice For A Mount Desert Island, Maine, Kayak Tour

Becky And Her Kayak

Hi Everybody!  I just returned from a week’s vacation on Mount Desert Island, Maine.  I had an amazing time, despite the %$@##!! government shutdown.

Since I tend to plan my vacations around national parks so I have possible photographic and writing material for the National Parks Traveler, I wrote up an article about a sea kayak tour I took with the hopes of seeing Acadia National Park from that vantage point.

Here is the link to get to that article.

By the way, the Traveler is having a membership drive.  You should go check them out.  There are always timely articles about the national parks (by that, I mean other articles in addition to my own wonderful contributions – grin) and a number of agencies have ads for discounts, etc on this site.  Might help you plan your own trip to a national park (when the shutdown ends, that is – or, at least to a national park in Utah, where state funds are paying for the parks’ maintenance).

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Sunrise Over Swiftcurrent Lake and Grinnell Point, Glacier National Park, MT

Sunrise Over Swiftcurrent and Grinnell Point, Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park, MontanaI was going to post this photo on one of the Montana- or GNP-related Facebook pages out there, only to discover, to my chagrin, that these pages not only do not allow for visitor uploads, but some of them are basically just place markers directing visitors to go to the actual website. Ok, that’s fine. I want people to visit my website (and maybe purchase something). And I don’t allow for visitor uploads on *my* Facebook page either (probably because the page says Rebecca Latson Photography – a rather specific page). Nonetheless, I have a bit of a beef with those public pages that *are* simply used as place markers and don’t have any interesting stuff or postings on them. It’s a bit of a turnoff. If you are going to have a Facebook page, then for heaven’s sake, post stuff to it! That way, if people really *are* interested in seeing more of your stuff (like your photo galleries on your website), then they will go visit that website. And, they will “Like” your page, showing visitors that your page actually has some merit to it.

Ok, I’m off my soap box. I admit to being a bit cheesed off about not being able to upload my photo to one or more of those specific pages. *Maybe* it hurt my inflated ego just a little bit, since I am proud of my work and want to advertise my photographic talents (in the hope of snagging some bizness). Nonetheless, I think what I wrote above is still true.

What do *you* think?

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A Stormy Morning at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge

Rain has been predicted for the past couple of days.  With that rain, I figured there might be some interesting storm clouds over at the Brazoria NWR.  I woke up this morning at 6AM, peeked out the window, saw some big puffy clouds, and was on the road to the refuge before 7AM.

The morning did not disappoint:  dramatic storm clouds, distant thunder, sporadic flashes of lightning, and hordes of  herons, egrets, black-necked stilts, terns, some roseate spoonbills in the background, and four different sightings of American alligators.

For photography with storm clouds (or any kind of  clouds, really), always make sure you have a graduated ND filter with you.  During the really dark part of the morning, I removed the circular polarizer.  However, as the daylight progressed, I placed the polarizers back on the lenses.  Polarizers make blue skies bluer, clouds more dramatic, and can darken water and either enhance or eliminate reflections, depending upon which way you turn the polarizer ring.

My first stop was the refuge center’s lawn, where I photographed a bunny that looked a little the worse for wear, bless its heart.

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After that, it was a few hundred feet to the boardwalk over Big Slough (pronounced “slew”).

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Before getting into the car to head to Olney Pond, I stopped to photograph this little mockingbird.  They are wonderful posers.

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As I closed in on Olney Pond, I could hear a cacophony of noise before I even saw the birds.  I couldn’t believe my eyes – it was a freaking heron and egret  convention (along with some stilts, terns, and one or two alligators in the mix).  So, if you ever are in the area and want to visit the refuge, I’d say the early morning is the best time to see the birdlife.  Oh, and make sure you have your bug repellant.  Those Cutter wipes are awesome.

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This guy was looking for breakfast, and no, it did not get the heron you see in the background.

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As the thunder rolled in the distance, and a teeny bit of rain sprinkled on the car, I continued along down the road and set up my tripod.

This is looking back up the road from whence I came.  I could see a “thunder bumper” beyond, as the storm rolled over and past me with but a few sprinkles.

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By the time 8AM arrived, the storm clouds had departed the area and the sky was starting to get its typical hot, hazy look on a humid Texas day.  Plus, the mosquitoes were ganging up on me (but the Cutter wipes held true), and I wanted to get home to start working with my new photos.

All in all, it was a very good, stormy morning, at the Brazoria NWR.

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